LONDON – UA1088 has declared an emergency over the Mexico City area, with the aircraft coming from Houston originally.
The flight is being operated by N1902U, one of the airline’s Airbus A320-232 aircraft, which is 16 years old at the time of writing.
At this moment, the aircraft is descending out of FL280 and will look to seek a priority landing at Mexico City Airport (MMMX).
This is a developing story.
UPDATE #1 @ 1954 UK time – The aircraft is currently passing through FL180. Given the high elevation at MMMX, the aircraft isn’t far away from landing.
UPDATE #2 @ 2001 UK time – UA1088 is about to set itself up for the approach into Mexico City, possibly with the aim of a short approach.
UPDATE #3 @ 2004 UK time – UA1088 is on a short final into Mexico City Airport. No known cause for the emergency declaration currently.
UPDATE #4 @ 2007 UK time – UA1088 has landed at Mexico City Airport.
UPDATE #5 @ 2010 UK time – @SquawkTracker reporting that the pilot has advised the ATC tower about needing fire trucks, although the aircraft does seem to be taxiing to stand.
UPDATE #6 @ 2013 UK time – Based on airport charts, UA1088 has parked up in the North Remote Platform whilst fire crews assess the emergency.
UPDATE #7 @ 2014 UK time – The transponder has been turned off, meaning we can’t track the flight on @RadarBoxCom – As soon as we know the cause of the emergency, we will update you accordingly.